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Thugs break teen's ribs in suspected anti-gay attack

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Police have released CCTV images of two men they are searching for in connection with the beating of a 19-year-old student in Plymouth, England

07 November 2012 | By Matthew Jenkin

A teenager was left with two broken ribs after a suspected homophobic attack in Plymouth, England.

The 19-year-old student and his friend were leaving the Dog and Duck pub in Mutley Plain at around 3.10am on October 6 when a man began hurling anti-gay abuse at him.

After calling him a 'fag' and 'batty boy' he was hit violently on the head.

Detective Constable Louise Steele, of the Plymouth Diverse Communities Team, said the victim's friend tried to protect him as two attackers kicked the teenager while he lay on the ground.

'We live here, we know people,' one of the attackers is believed to have shouted during the assault.

The victim was later taken to Derriford Hospital where he was treated for two broken ribs and severe bruising to his face.

Steele said: 'This was a completely unprovoked attack and from the comments the victim said he heard, we believe this was a homophobic attack.

'He suffered nasty facial injuries and very visible bruising.

'We know there were around 15 other people nearby at the time and at one stage a woman and a man raced over to help protect the victim from this assault.

'We believe one of the suspects even went on to attack another person further up the street immediately after this incident.'

Police have released CCTV stills of two men they would like to hear from in connection with their investigation.

If you recognize either man, contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on +44 (0)800 555111 quoting crime reference number EC/12/9587.

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It saddens me that people are so cruel, but my prayers are sent up for this victim and the culprits that unleashed the assault.


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